Welcome from the Chairman
Our mission is to provide superb training that will prepare each of our residents to enter private practice, academic practice, or subspecialty fellowships. The faculty consists of full-time academic surgeons and private practitioners highly–trained and skilled in all the major subspecialties in general surgery and dedicated to resident education. There is a strong emphasis on “hands on” experience throughout the five years of training. Our chief residents perform between 900—1,100 operations by the time they graduate.
The primary teaching hospitals are Truman Medical Center–a “safety-net” hospital–and Saint Luke’s Hospital–a tertiary care private hospital in Kansas City with several satellites hospitals in the metropolitan area. Both hospitals are Level I trauma centers which give our residents a strong experience in trauma and surgical critical care. Other important teaching hospitals in the system are the Kansas City VA Medical Center and Truman Medical Center Lakewood. Pediatric surgery rotations are performed at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a tertiary care referral center for a five state area. Our Shock-Trauma Research Center is under the direction of Dr. Charles Van Way, the Past-President of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).
The newest addition to our faculty is Dr. Farzad Alemi. Dr. Alemi comes to the department most recently from Virginia Mason Medical Center where he completed a Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Fellowship.
As you will see, our program provides a great breadth of experience in general surgery. We are looking for residents who share our dedication to learning and wish to become excellent clinical surgeons. Our program accepts and graduates five categorical residents each year. Two PGY-I preliminary positions are also available annually.
Kansas City, known as the “City of Fountains”, is an artistic and cultural gem in the Midwest. The Country Club Plaza and the Power and Light District provide great entertainment and shopping venues. Cultural activities are found at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City has also made great contributions to the world of jazz and the fantastic cuisine of barbecue. Kansas City is home to several professional sports teams, including Royals baseball, Chiefs football, Sporting KC soccer and the Kansas Speedway.
I hope you will take the time to tour our web site and learn what our program has to offer. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our department. We look forward to hearing from you.
Mark L. Friedell, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Surgery